VNYL Subscription Box Review – June 2017 #summerdaze
VNYL is a monthly subscription for discovery and curation of your vinyl record collection. When you sign up for this service, you’ll fill out a lengthy profile that includes your likes and dislikes. From there, you can also link your profiles on digital audio services like Spotify and Sound Cloud – this will help with curating your record selection each month.
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The Subscription Box: VNYL
The Cost: $39 a month
The Products: Three BRAND NEW records chosen by a curator specifically for you, based on your profile, other digital audio service profiles, and selected vibe for that month
Ships to: U.S. (free), and UK, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Australia, France, Canada at an additional cost
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Each month, you’ll have to select a vibe. There are two types of vibes, curated vibes and non-curated vibes. With a non-curated vibe, you’ll see the 3 records you’ll receive in your shipment, with the curated vibe, it’s a total mystery – the VNYL crew will choose the 3 records based on the vibe in conjunction with your musical taste.
There are Spotify playlists attached to each vibe – so you can get a good idea of what bands a specific hashtag might correlate to – I love this aspect of it!
The other thing to mention about vinyl albums these days – you typically get a digital download card with each album – so you’re getting the best of both worlds, and I love that about modern vinyl.
This month, I’ve gone with the curated vibe – #summerdaze!
It comes with a few little ads, essentially, before getting into your records.
You’ll always get a handwritten note from your VNYL curator for the month! It’s a nice touch.
The Antlers – Hospice – Value $14 on Amazon
My first album was one that I was familiar with, but didn’t yet own the vinyl – so I was very happy to find it!
I’ve always thought of this album as “haunting” – both with the music, but also with the atmosphere it creates. No song encapsulates that feeling better than Kettering for me – it’s really a fantastic intro into the album. I can’t recommend this album enough – give it a shot!
The Joy Formidable – A Balloon called moaning – Value $13 on Amazon
The next album is an 8 song EP from the Wales trio, The Joy Formidable.
This one is new for me, but I like it! For me, it’s got a lot of the same pop and feeling of Arcade Fire or Broken Social Scene – maybe a little poppier, but still with the catchy hooks and anthemic feelings, while still busting out with a little bit of edge and distortion on tracks like Austere, giving it a Death From Above 1979 feeling from the driving bass line. So, it’s a bit of a chameleon – in a good way!
The Dodos – Time To Die – Value $15 on Amazon
The final album this month comes from the San Francisco outfit, The Dodos.
This is another new album and band for me – and another that I’m enjoying. This album feels so driven by the percussion and awesome finger-picking guitar riffs – check out Longform for some finger pickin’ action. The vocal melodies remind me of Local Natives, while the overall tone and feeling show hints of a folksier Grizzly Bear and The Shins.
Verdict: This delivery brought 3 very different albums, but each one touched on albums and bands that I really enjoy – so, again, VNYL finds the right spot in my musical taste and delivers. My values add up to around $42 for the three vinyl records, which is just over the $39 price tag – if you’re looking to this subscription to get a big dollar value you might be disappointed, instead, this is one to check out to help discover new music – that’s where I see the majority of the value.
What did you think of the #summerdaze VNYL delivery? What vibes have you selected?
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